ThinkFun Gordians Knot
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- Six colorful interlocking puzzle pieces
- Forty-page step-by-step solution book
- Easy-to-follow reassembly instructions
- Teaches deductive reasoning and problem-solving
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CHOKING HAZARD -- Small parts. Not for children under 3 yrs.
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Top Customer Reviews
Gordian's Knot requires lots of moves to take apart -- over 60 -- more than any simple 6-piece puzzle. Thus, it can be fiddled with and set down again in a perfectly presentable state. Taking a puzzle apart is generally more fun than putting one together. Myself, I have thousands of puzzles, but this is the one that I've played with the most, due to the fact that I don't have to do any clean up when I set the puzzle down again.
I will note that I found a couple of pieces relatively tough to move. Specifically, the light blue and yellow pieces do not slide in and out of each other as fluidly as they should and it took me a good hour of being stuck (and reworking the puzzle from the begining) before I realized that it was a fault in the puzzle design and that I just needed to use a little muscle to pull the pieces away from each other. Other than that, this thing is great fun. I'd also like to add that putting the puzzle back together is almost as difficult as pulling it apart. Don't lose the directions....it is 60+ steps to put it back together!
I've lent this toy to 3 puzzle-loving friends all of whom have reached the "this is impossible" point.
The only negative is that some of the pieces don't slide unless you really push on them. They'll slide but it takes more finger strength than a child could muster. Reading some of the other reviews here, I get the sense that there's some variation in the manufacturing process as other reviewers find sliding the pieces easy enough that a child can do it.
On the plus side, the pieces are solid enough you never get the sense that the toy will break as you shift some of the pieces.
This puzzle is an all time great puzzle. Well worth the $10.
After you've completed taking it apart the instructions are reversed to put it back together. Makes sense, right? Except the book literally gives the exact instructions in reverse order. 1 major problem - when doing this backwards the direction pieces move should be reversed (left = right, up = down, etc...).
If you're buying this as a gift, I recommend not sharing the above with the gift recipient. Just sit back and watch the frustration!
While taking apart this puzzle is a fun task, I concur with other reviewers in preferring the use of the instruction manual for the more difficult task of reassembly.
Note: those with poor dexterity may find it difficult to hold the pieces in place properly, and thus may wish to avoid purchasing this puzzle.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I bought this as a gift for my boyfriend who loves mind puzzles. He probably spent a couple hours a day for maybe 4 or 5 days before he took it apart AND put it back together. Read morePublished 13 days ago by WhitneyRDH
Gave it to my grandson with other puzzels. He liked it, but no other mention as to his excitement.Published 17 days ago by Cynthia Cuevas Santiago
This was a fun puzzle that kept the entire family engaged at various points over the holiday. After a few days, someone solved it. Read morePublished 29 days ago by Amazon Customer
Very fun for any age. If you can figure it out without cheating your brilliant!!!Published 1 month ago by cathy
I purchased this for my nephew who is 4 years old, autistic and extremely smart. He loves puzzles and this one was no exception. He was thrilled to open it and solve it. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Milissa Martini
awsesome fr a middle school classroom when the students finish work head of time.Published 2 months ago by T. Ostrowski
Wasn't sure if my son would enjoy this but he did. We all spent many hours trying to put it back together. Definitely for kids and adults alike.Published 3 months ago by amanda